Geno Smith builds upon his 2022 success
Who could have predicted that Geno Smith would come into his first starting season in Seattle and play the best football of his career while attempting to fill the shoes Russell Wilson left?
Because of the trade with Denver, which included quarterback Drew Lock, there was some belief that the former second-round pick would take over under center, but that lasted only a short time.
Proving all the doubters wrong, Smith quickly assimilated himself into the Seahawks' culture and carved the path that earned him a three-year, $105 million contract at the end of the season.
He took the team to a 9-8 record, clinching the final wild-card spot for the postseason. He finished with a career-high 69.8% completion, throwing for 4,282 yards and 30 touchdowns. And on top of that, he displayed his dual-threat skillset, carrying the football 68 times for 366 yards and another score.
All of this earned him Pro Bowl honors for the first time in his nine-year career, solidifying his role even further as the Seattle quarterback for the foreseeable future.
Now entering his second season as the QB1, Smith has set some high standards to live up to. With an improved offensive line, an added explosive weapon like Jaxon Smith-Njigba to pair up with D.K. Metcalf and an ever-evolving defense, it should (hopefully) make it easy for Smith to continue what he started last season.